Joe Blankenship: What's going on with AZ Education and what can we do about it?

Hosted by Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (HSGP)

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Humanist Community Center

627 W. Rio Salado Parkway · Mesa, AZ

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Located in MESA (85201) on West Rio Salado Pkwy (formerly W 8th St), between Alma School and Country Club.

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A Tale of Two School Systems.

How do you build a world class public school system and how do you insure that your public-school system is first in its class? For a world class system, decide that excellence in education is your goal, then set about building the blocks that insure the best outcomes. Then build respect for teachers and principals and give them the resources that facilitate a good learning environment. Among those resources, provide a living wage for teachers, principals and school administrators so they can stay dedicated to their craft.

How does Arizona create the worst public-school system in the United States? By doing none of the above. We have a governor and legislature that does not value education and will not take any responsibility for providing a public education to its citizens.
In this presentation Joe compares the policies and the outcomes of the school systems of Arizona and Massachusetts. He will share with us which of the states VALUE education and the level in which these states take RESPONSIBILITY for providing opportunity and hope for its children.

About Joe Blankenship:
Joe spent 40 years in a corporate career that included being Director of Strategic Planning for two Fortune 100 Companies. The last part of his career was working in environmental endeavors of recycling waste materials and installing renewable energy systems, including solar panels and water generators. Joe’s capability to perform in these environments was a product of public schools: a one-room school through the seventh grade in Eastern Kentucky; high school and college in Cincinnati, Ohio, followed by an MBA and post graduate studies, all the time working to pay his own way. Joe moved around a lot in his career and he would always get involved in local schools by volunteering to mentor students or teach Junior Achievement. His greatest contribution to education is his daughter that teaches honors English at a high school in Texas. He has heard several students say to her: Miss Blankenship, you have changed my life!

Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. Presentation begins at 10:00 am.

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